Biden projects ‘MAGA philosophy’ is like ‘fascism’
President Biden has likened the “MAGA” wing of the GOP to fascism, leaning into his midterm campaign strategy to paint Republicans as extreme.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” he said at a fundraising event hosted by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Bethesda, Md.
Who is the fascist? It was Biden who used the FBI to try to eliminate his opponent in 2024. – Emil Ficker
What is Joe Biden “projecting” on the MAGA crowd?
According to Karen R. Koenig, M. Ed, LCSW, projection refers to unconsciously taking unwanted emotions or traits you don’t like about yourself and attributing them to someone else. A common example is a cheating spouse who suspects their partner is being unfaithful. A politician who is a fascist might accused his opposition of being fascistic.
In what sense are Biden’s projections an effective political weapon? At a fundamental level, psychological projections can function to make the relevant distinctions of a situation illegible or difficult to parse, such that it creates confusion about a situation’s basic parameters and thereby serves to obscure its very reality.
According to W.W. Meissner, “The result of these processes [of projection] is a fundamental confusion and an incapacity to differentiate subject and object, reality and fantasy, along with an inability to differentiate the real object from its symbolic representation.” Thus, projection constitutes, “a form of interpretive distortion of external reality.”
Projections serve to muddy the waters and give the outward appearance that Biden’s opponents are operating with the same tactics, intentions, or even at the same moral level as Biden himself, creating a false equivalency, rather than enabling clear symbolic distinctions to be made.
Projections can clearly have a psychological impact upon their recipient or target, leading them, if only momentarily, to identify with the projections. Thus, not only can public perception be subtly altered and destabilized by psychological projections, but also the recipients/targets of projections can themselves become ensnared in unwanted identifications precipitated by the projections.
Insofar as projections function to mislead both third party observers as well as their “targets,” they qualify as a form of disinformation. In his article “What is disinformation?”
Don Fallis (2015) contends that, “disinformation is misleading information that has the function of misleading someone.”
Who is the fascist? It was Biden who used the FBI to try to eliminate his opponent in 2024. – Emil Ficker
How Narcissists Blame and Accuse Others for Their Own Traits
After Biden’s illegal raid on his 2024 opponent, Donald Trump, many experts are worried Joe Biden’s narcissistic peronalality may have grown to a dangerous place.
Texas political science professor, Emil Ficker told JournoNews “It’s not just me. Many have concerns about Joe Biden transferring his fascist traits on his opponents. It’s classic narcissistic transference. You project yourself and our own guilts on your enemy. It’s something like hypocritical name calling. It’s dangerous for the nation sure, but most importantly, it gives us something to make up our minds. Is it Joe Biden or Donald Trump attempting to eliminate his opposition and grab all and perpetual power? Elections will decide of course.”
People with strong narcissistic tendencies and other “dark personality” traits tend to blame others for their own bad behavior. If they are lying, then they will accuse others of lying. If they are cruel, they will say that others are cruel. If they are stealing and scamming, then they will accuse others of stealing and scamming. They never take responsibility, and it’s always someone elses fault.
Besides ascribing their undesirable character traits to others, they will attribute the good characteristics of others to themselves. For example, if they see someone being nice, they will say, No, no, this person is not nice; I am nice! If somebody is successful and happy, the narcissist will say, That person is such a loser and a fakebut; I am really successful and authentic!
Psychologically speaking, this mechanism is called projection,
Is Joe Biden the “dark personality” or “just a drone” repeating what the speechwriters project?
As Joe Biden strides up to the rostrum at a fundraising event hosted by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Bethesda, Md. he walked to the most revealing address of his presidency to date. Inadvertently, His speechwriters are telling JournoNews that writing the speech was likely more fun than you’d think.
Biden dictates what he wants and then upon reading it often insists that’s not what he meant. Senior adviser Mike Donilon may rewrite most of it. Biden’s constantly tinkering with a flurry of drafts going back and forth up to the last second.
“He was a bit like a cat with a dead mouse. He would play with it till the very end,” said one former aide involved in past speeches.
And if you get through that process, there’s a good chance Biden just ignores the text anyway and riffs. “The general status quo was whatever the speech was, regardless of how good it was, he would go off script,” said one former Biden campaign official.
“Being Joe Biden’s speechwriter is known as one of the hardest jobs in Washington,” said Dylan Loewe, one of Biden’s chief speechwriters when he was vice president.
“We’d all had the experience of slaving over speech texts and talking points that Biden chose not to use, preferring instead to extemporize,” recalled disillusioned former Biden aide Jeff Connaughton in his 2012 book “The Payoff.”
That may be partly why President Biden’s director of speechwriting, Vinay Reddy, turned down the Biden team when they tried to hire him during the 2020 primary.
He ultimately joined Biden during the general election campaign, departing his gig at the National Basketball Association, where he assisted commissioner Adam Silver and helped navigate politically fraught controversies like the stand-off between the NBA and the Chinese government (“Adam’s guy,” his colleagues often called him).
Besides Donilon and the president himself, Reddy is the person most responsible for Biden’s “projection speech” in front of a joint session of Congress.
Biden’s “deplorables moment” projected
President Biden came under fire following remarks at a Democratic National Committee event in suburban Washington.
Patriots called out the president for what they saw as disparagement of 74 million Americans who agree with Trump’s platform and voted for him in 2020.
“What we’re seeing now is the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something — it’s like semi-fascism,” Biden said at the Rockville, Maryland, event.
On “Jesse Watters Primetime,” former George W. Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said Biden effectively took his Inauguration Day unity pledge and “threw it in the trash can” with those comments.
Jesse Watters called it Biden’s “Deplorables Moment” in reference to how Hillary Clinton similarly told a 2015 Democratic Party event in New York City that half of Trump supporters belong in a “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic” “basket of Deplorables.”
“He came out and called the entire MAGA movement fascists,” Watters said.
Carl Rove agreed, adding Trump’s civilian supporters don’t support fascism but instead chose to vote for the real estate mogul due to his economic and sociopolitical stances including energy independence, limited government and fair-trade policies.
“After eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, he believed in secure borders and building the wall. He believed in law and order when our cities were in flames and he appointed conservative judges,” Rove said. “And that’s a semi-fascist philosophy?”
Rove added he, like many Republicans, have disagreements with Trump, citing the former president’s response to the January 6 riots and election fraud claims in his case.
“But the idea that his successor would come in and denounce him and denounce the ideas that he stands for a semi-fascist is just beyond the pale,” he said.
“He went to Montgomery County: to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and basically said everything against what he had said in his inauguration address; the pledge that he made to unite the country — he threw it in the trash bin.”
“And why did he do that? Because he wants to win in this election and he is willing to say and do anything in order to achieve his purpose. So let’s take 72,216,000 Americans and denounce them as believing in a fascist movement — he ought to be ashamed.”
Joe Biden throwing “unity pledge in trash”
The White House has said Biden, while campaigning for Democrats ahead of November, will aim to paint Republicans as stewards of special interests who are pursuing an “extreme MAGA agenda that costs families,” seeking to tie them to former President Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan.
The event in Maryland was the first formal pre-midterm event for Biden, who is expected to fan out across the county to tout his agenda. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre previewed the president’s remarks earlier on Thursday and said he would display “the choice before Americans.”
Biden, at the event, mentioned the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, as well as the potential for Republicans to work towards overturning marriage equality or repealing the Affordable Care Act.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different deal,” he said. “Our team has to show up and quite frankly vote, just simply vote.”
He also targeted Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the head of the GOP’s Senate campaign arm, for his tax plan that Biden has consistently criticized. The White House has sought to tie congressional Republicans to the plan, but other lawmakers have either distanced themselves from the plan or declined to embrace it.
“Rick Scott, who heads up the ultra MAGA agenda for Republicans … he thinks everyone in America should pay taxes,” Biden said on Thursday.
Scott’s plan says that “all Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount,” which the White House has bashed as a move to require everyone to pay taxes.
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The fundraising event had about 100 attendees and raised $1 million for the DNC and the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, according to a DNC official.
Following the event, Biden attended a rally at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md.
Biden is expected to head to pivotal swing states in the next couple of weeks to continue his pre-midterm tour. On Tuesday, he will go to Pennsylvania for an event focused on crime prevention and then he will travel to Ohio on Sept. 9 for an event focused on American manufacturing.